Default selection in bootstrap dropdown

I am using a bootstrap dropdown, and need to have the first option as default. The following doesn’t work.

<div class="dropdown">
<button class="btn btn-default dropdown-toggle" type="button" id="dropdownMenu1" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="true">
    CHOOSE FEATURE
    <span class="caret"></span>
</button>

<ul class="dropdown-menu" aria-labelledby="dropdownMenu1">
    <li selected="selected"><a>Feature 1</a></li>
    <li><a>Feature 2</a></li>
    <li><a>Feature 3</a></li>
    <li><a>Feature 4</a></li>
    <li><a>Feature 5</a></li>
    <li><a>Feature 6</a></li>
</ul>

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